Weekend Edition – @skopemag news for March 2, 2019 @ 12:10 pm est

Zigmeister New Track: Drunk

Norwegian artist Zigmeister is crafting passionate, melody-driven songs in an eclectic and edgy soundscape. Zigmeister has written and produced songs for artists like Cher, Luis Fonsi, Cliff Richard, Ace of Base, Namie Amuro, Kumi Koda, BoA and many more. In addition, he has scored #1 records in the US, Japan, France, Korea, Holland, Sweden, and Denmark.

VISTA Releases Acoustic Version of “Witch Hunt”

An electronically-tinged alternative rock band, NY-based outfit VISTA originally formed in late 2015. Comprised of lead vocalist Hope Vista and guitarist Greg Almeida, the band combines both modern alternative rock and electronic influences to create their unique anthemic sound. VISTA released their debut 4-track EP “VERSUS” shortly after their original inception, in which their debut single “On The Brink” debuted worldwide on idobi radio. Their name hasn’t been shy in the press, since; the band has garnered praise from outlets such as Alternative Press, Rock Sound, Substream, and AXS.

Soul Rebel Project – ‘Pure Love’

Following in this tradition comes the Soul Rebel Project, a top-professional Reggae/Rock band hailing from Boston MA, with their unique Pulsating Drum and Bass rhythms and heavily decorated melodies played by some of the top musicians in all of New England. Soul Rebel Project began their musical journey eight years ago, and have often cited their music is a cross between Collie Buddz, Rebelution and Matisyahu. Across the course of their many live performances, they’ve shared the stage with Sean Paul, Toots and the Maytals, Barrington Levy, Lee Scratch Perry and more.

K.Flay fights ‘Bad Vibes’ in the new single – out today

Night Street/Interscope Records artist and two-time Grammy® Award-nominee K.Flay returns with a brand new track ‘Bad Vibes’, following her Billboard Heatseekers No. 1 album Every Where Is Some Where.

Tenille Townes’ “White Horse” out today

Written by Townes, Daniel Tashian and Jeremy Spillman, the song is the second track unveiled from Townes’ forthcoming debut album, produced by Jay Joyce and due later this year on Columbia Nashville. Of the song, Townes comments, “‘White Horse’ is a song about how love can look a little bit differently than we might expect it to. I think we grow up in our society completely surrounded by that fairy tale idea of what love should be, but maybe love is even bigger than that. I think it’s important to be open hearted and to push the boundaries of what society might build up in our expectations. I love that this song stands strongly in the idea that love isn’t always about the ivory towers and the roses.”

OLYMPIA, stunning new single from Aussie star // Julia Jacklin tour

As premiered by Clash Magazine, “Shoot To Forget”, is fresh, light and loose, the sound of a relentlessly original artist coming into her own. This second single from the highly anticipated sophomore record balances Bartley’s force, melody and masterful use of imagery, while also showcasing the rock leanings introduced in lead single ‘Star City’.


Perfecting her hypnotic hybrid of hip-hop, dancehall, pop, and reggae, the Jamaican-born and Bronx-based songstress swings from galloping cadences on the verses towards an island-inflected chorus. Ripe with international flavor and cosmopolitan attitude, the track amplifies her influence and impact yet again. Its high-energy music video will premiere very soon.

Cardiff anti-pop collective Quiet Marauder release their new single ‘The Discovery’ with new video!

Ahead of the release of their third album for Bubblewrap Collective, The Crack And What It Meant, Cardiff collective Quiet Marauder are whetting appetites with shuffling, indie-pop lead single, The Discovery. Its accompanied by a music video produced by On Par Productions (Boy Azooga, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Steve Mason).

SONTALK shares new single; debut album out this month

Just ahead of the March 15 release of Stay Wild, SONTALK today premieres the album’s lead single, “The One Who Breaks Your Heart.” Available everywhere now, “The One Who Breaks Your Heart” originally premiered this Wednesday on Consequence of Sound, who spoke to SONTALK about the various influences behind the track and applauding SONTALK’s latest as a “gorgeously unsure composition.” Also available today is a live, in-studio performance video for “The One Who Breaks Your Heart,” filmed at Big Light Studios in Nashville, TN.

SONTALK shares the Origins of his new single “The One Who Breaks Your Heart”: Stream


We wanted to share a new track with you from our fabulous BRYCE VINE called LA LA LAND which features fellow Angeleno, YG, and was co-written and produced by Sir Nolan. In true Bryce fashion, the song is a tongue in cheek, insta-ready, sing-a-long love letter to Los Angeles or is it?

Video: Yungeen Ace – “Murder Rate Rising”

With a fiery intensity and a natural sense of melody, Jacksonville’s Yungeen Ace doesn’t make music for the faint-hearted. Gleefully trumpeting his city’s high crime rate as a warning for regular folks to stay away, Yungeen Ace shares “Murder Rate Rising,” his latest video. Produced by Drum Dummie, who lends the track a swinging bombast, “Murder Rate Rising” finds the young emcee rhyming in an impassioned sing-song, holding up the titular statistic as a point of pride–pride for his unlikely survival–and as a threat to his enemies. In the video, Ace mobs in the Jacksonville streets with his crew, including fellow rising rapper Jay Da Youngan, as the Jacksonville police investigate a homicide as his family mourns. After a string of videos and songs that illustrate the tragedy wrought by street life, including the dark “2X Screamin’,” in which Ace mourns his late brother, “Murder Rate Rising” demonstrates the allure of a life of crime to young people who haven’t yet felt the consequences. Hosted on No Jumper, “Murder Rate Rising” is a highlight from Ace’s Life I’m Livin mixtape, which dropped in December.

New Mat Kerekes “Ruby” Music Video

VENOMOUS CONCEPT Announce European Tour with Brujeria

VENOMOUS CONCEPT (featuring current and ex-members of NAPALM DEATH, BRUTAL TRUTH, CORRUPT MORAL ALTAR, and more) will be embarking on a European tour in support of BRUJERIA. The tour will kick off in Sneek, NL on May 4 and will conclude on May 26 in Essen, DE. The full run of dates can be found below.

05/04: Sneek (NL) @ Poppodium Het Bolwerk
05/05: Roeselare (BE) @ De Verlichte Geest
05/06: Hanover (DE) @ MusikZentrum Hannover
05/07: Bremen (DE) @ Tower Musikclub
05/08: Berlin (DE) @ Cassiopeia
05/09: Brno (CZ) @ Melodka
05/10: Prague (CZ) @ Futurum Music Bar
05/11: Munich (DE) @ Feierwerk
05/12: Dornbirn (AUT) @ Schlachthaus
05/13: Sion (CZ) @ Le Port Franc
05/14: Rome (IT) @ Traffic Live Club
05/15: Milan (IT) @ Legend Club
05/17: Colmar (FR) @ Le Grillen
05/18: Paris (FR) @ Petit Bain
05/20: London (UK) @ The Underworld Camden
05/21: Manchester (UK) @ Rebellion Manchester
05/22: Glasgow (UK) @ Cathouse Rock Club
05/23: Birmingham (UK) @ Mama Roux’s
05/24: Dommarien (FR) @ La Niche Du Chien a Plumes
05/25: Mannheim (DE) @ MS Connexion Complex
05/26: Essen (DE) @ Turock


The 12-track album includes a string of breakthrough singles by the troubadour, including his international breakout “Leave A Light On.” Not only did the track capture #1 in 20 countries, but it also amassed over 390 million cumulative streams and 110 million views to date. Meanwhile, “Just You and I” eclipsed 100 million total streams thus far. Idolator described the latest release “Not Giving In” as “a rousing call for perseverance and self-love.”


Cardi B has released her new video for her latest single, “Please Me” with Bruno Mars. The Bruno Mars and Florent Dechard directed “Please Me” video is streaming now on Cardi B’s official YouTube channel and is available at all DSPs and streaming services. Additionally, “Please Me” debuted at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.


On “Nobody,” Jensen worked with songwriters Scott Harris and Philip Plested. Harris is a Grammy winning songwriter, who is behind The Chainsmokers’ number one hit, “Don’t Let Me Down.” Harris has also composed music with Shawn Mendes, Julia Michaels and Bebe Rexha.

Ne-Yo Brings Back New Jack with “Genesis,” From Step Up: High Water, A YouTube Original Series

One of the most successful and versatile R&B songwriters of this young century, Ne-Yo has a prime vehicle to showcase his singing, writing, and acting ability in Lionsgate’s TV series Step Up: High Water, a YouTube original series. Sharing a revealing and highly danceable new song from the series, Ne-Yo drops “Genesis,” along with a lyric video. A brilliantly executed throwback to the heyday of New Jack Swing, “Genesis” finds Ne-Yo writing and singing in character as Sage Odom, the director of High Water Performing Arts School and a former pop star trying to execute a comeback.

New > DJ Plead releases new EP, ‘Pleats Plead’, on Nervous Horizon > Listen in full here

Burgeoning club label Nervous Horizon kick start their 2019 with the release of DJ Plead’s debut EP for the label, ‘Pleats Plead’.

WHATUPRG “RAUL” Announcement

WHATUPRG, the Atlanta based rapper, producer and self-proclaimed creative, announces the release of his sophomore EP RAUL. Arriving today (February 28), the 7-track project is now available for purchase and streaming across all DSPs here.

The Shiver Announce The Reissue Of “Adeline” Via Wormholedeath!

Italian alternative rock combo The Shiver are excited to announce the reissue of their album “Adeline” via Wormholedeath.

Vanessa Forero unveils stunning animated music video for new single ‘Pablo Escobar’

British / Colombian singer-songwriter Vanessa Forero is soon to release her follow-up record to her debut ‘From The Uproar’. Since we last heard from the folk/Latina/acoustic artist, she’s had a UK tour, had over a million plays on Spotify, recorded live videos and performed at the infamous Abbey Road Studios. Her music has been played on BBC radio, RCM (Colombian television) and SKY 1. Vanessa Forero has had the opportunity to perform all around the country and Europe with her ‘feather girls’, including festivals, Sofar Sounds gigs and supporting renowned artists (such as Beth Orton, Gizmo Varillas among others).

Forero has also been working on a follow-up book to “The Girl With No Name”, which she co-wrote with her mother to tell her extraordinary story as a feral child survivor who lived in the jungles of Colombia. What began as a memory-preserving task turned into a whirlwind of media interest, global promotional tours, television interviews on BBC, ITV, USA’s The Today Show, throwing the book into international best seller charts with over 20 translations and a National Geographic documentary, and now talks of a movie.


“A killer falsetto; a penchant for R&B and house beats; co-signs from artists like Kendrick and Toddla T – what Moss Kena has earned by rejecting the expectations for blokes in pop music today is his own lane that could see him doing incredible things in future…new single (out today) ‘Be Mine’…– and I don’t say this lightly – an absolute fucking bop. He could, in theory, be the successor to Sam Smith, only with less balladry and more Calvin Harris-y electro-pop bangers. Pay him dust and I will ensure you feel the repercussions.”

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